Kuo reinforces this notion, claiming that Apple is struggling with the production of “numerous components”, resulting in a delay for the iPhone 5S' launch, pegged for the end of September:
The tech giant's flagship isn't the only one having a rough time, though. The iPhone Lite is also experiencing production difficulties, albeit less severe, and is expected to launch at the beginning of September. The analyst sees the plasticky (as far as we know) model attacking the market with a price tag between $450 and $550.
Apple's troubles don't end here, though, for according to Kuo, the iPad mini 2 will be pushed all the way to March or April next year. Ours and the analyst's intel seem to converge on this one, for Retina panels combined with the smaller 7.9-inch factor have proven a tough nut to crack for Cupertino. AppleInsider also notes that, according to the research note, a possible, cheaper iPad Mini running an older A5 processor could see the light of day in December, with next year being a more secure bet.
The iPad maker must feel that the competitors are upping the ante, for its efforts in the category do not stop here. According to Kuo, a redesigned 9.7-inch version will serve as the “highlight of iPad in 2013”. Did the rumor mill from way back in January actually have it right all along?